The Center for Strategic Communications of the Armed Forces of Ukraine published a spectacular video showing the launch of the AGM-88 HARM missile.
The Ukrainian Air Force has released footage confirming that it uses Soviet-design fighter jets to fire radar-killing AGM-88 HARM missiles.
The images obtained from the Air Force Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reportedly show Ukrainian Air Force firing U.S.-made AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile, or HARM, at Russian positions. The AGM-88 HARM is an air-to-surface passive sensor missile designed to seek and destroy enemy radar-equipped air defense systems.
The images reportedly show two ‘HARM’ anti-radiation missiles fired from Soviet-era MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jets.
The video was shot and edited by a pilot of a MiG-29 fighter jet. The video demonstrates military aviation combat operations in the sky over Ukraine. The video is notable because at about the 20th second the American AGM-88 HARM anti-radar missile appears in the frame, and a moment later we see the launch.
Recall that the Air Force of Ukraine did not have aircraft that could use such missiles.
“We are talking about A-6 Intruder, F-4 Phantom II, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18 Hornet. However, our specialists managed to integrate the AGM-88 HARM in the MiG-29 fighters with the help of American colleagues”, a statement to this effect was made by the US Department of Defense about a week ago.
The official announcement about the transfer of the anti-radar missiles was made on August 19. However, a week and a half before that it was already known that the Ukrainian Air Force used AGM-88 HARMs against the Russian army.
About AGM-88E HARM
The AGM-88 HARM is an air-to-surface passive sensor missile designed to seek and destroy enemy radar-equipped air defense systems.
The AGM-88 can detect, attack and destroy a target with minimum aircrew input. The proportional guidance system that hones in on enemy radar emissions has a fixed antenna and seeker head in the missile nose. A smokeless, solid-propellant, dual-thrust rocket motor propels the missile.
Earlier this month, Pentagon reported that the latest assistance package includes anti-radar missiles for Ukrainian aircraft to target Russian radar systems.
Colin Kahl, U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, said at a press briefing that the US had sent “a number” of the missiles without specifying how many the US has provided or when they were sent. Kahl did not explicitly say what type of anti-radiation missile was sent.
Shortly before that, Russia’s state media claimed that Russian Soldiers have found the wreckage of a U.S.-made AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile, or HARM, on their position following a Ukrainian missile strike.
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